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09-22-2017

Diesel blockade.


Greenpeace activist have boarded a ship carrying Volkswagen diesel vehicles in an attempt to stop them from being delivered to the UK. The block failed, but the Rainbow Warriors managed to call on Volkswagen to go fully electric. VW pointed out that there were 37 PHEV aboard the ship, so we took this occasion to reminisce on Greenpeace’s Dark side campaign back in 2011 and found a somewhat sexy sequel.
telegraph.co.uk (the ship), vimeo.com (Dark Side sequel)

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09-21-2017

Water-powered rocket trike.


Francois Gissy has created a trike that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in half a second (!) – without causing harmful emissions. For once, the secret is not an electric motor but simply rainwater and compressed air.
topgear.com (with video)


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09-20-2017

Gas-guzzlers with range anxiety.


In Japan, the oil demand has dropped by almost a third since 2000 and the amount of gas stations has roughly halved since 1995. This development forces particularly elderly people in rural areas to take long ways to the next gas station.
japantoday.com


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09-19-2017

Low cost range extender.


James Dierickx is an early adopter when it comes to electric mobility, something that cannot be said of his home state Iowa, where corn stands dense but chargers don’t. He thus built himself a range extender for his 2013 Ford Focus Electric, so he now drives around with a trunk load of lead acid batteries.
insideevs.com


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09-18-2017

Limit to state aid.


BMW has lost its case against the EU Commission as it tried to overturn a cap on state aid. The Commission stipulated in 2014 that BMW should receive no more than 17m euros to expand production of its i3 and i8 in Leipzig. Germany had originally planned to grant 45m euros toward the project, which BMW has managed to see through either way.
autonews.com

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09-15-2017

#EVsAreBetter


Among all the save-the-world apostles FleetCarma’s video campaign stands out and puts the fun back into the whole driving story. Tagged #EVsAreBetter they released a series of short clips pointing out the obvious and not so obvious advantages of electric cars. Gas butler anyone?
youtube.com (gas butler), youtube.com (all videos)


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09-14-2017

Premium genes.


Wey is Great Wall’s luxury arm that exhibits a rather unrefined manner at the IAA. Its latest concept is a little too close to Tesla’s Model X in appearance and is even called XEV. The latter is misleading on top because it is nothing but a plug-in hybrid.
carscoops.com


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09-13-2017

Pulling through.


This Toyota driver must have taken the term hybrid a little too literally when he turned his Prius into a flood-faring vessel in Houston. It did work back in 2015 on the short distance but it is unlikely the car has lived long enough to have braved through the latest desaster Harvey wrought.
youtube.com via carscoops.com

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09-12-2017

Tesla rescue vehicle


The EV maker went the extra mile to support Tesla drivers fleeing hurricane Irma as it roared across Florida. Tesla set free the 15 kWh reserve capacity in all 60 kWh models via over the air software update. If it saved anybody is unknown but the move sure caught the public eye.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, autoblog.com

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09-11-2017

Model 3 spotted in Europe.


A year earlier than expected, a Tesla Model 3 could be seen in the old world, close to the Tesla assembly in Dutch Tilburg so maybe the homologation has started. Already, or just in time one could say, given that it is a lengthy process and orders have been placed.
electrek.co

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